Apologies in advance if you have never heard of former soap star Brenda Dickson. All you really need to know is that she’s an absolute loon and spends her spare time making videos to share her knowledge with her imagined fans.
As she says “Fashion is acquired by trying a lot of different fashions.” Words to live by.
The queen of all media turns a youthful 66 today. See what good growing your own vegetables and a reinvigorating stint in the big house can do for you?
We love the twisted classics you can always find at your local Urban Outfitters. Take the new Water Lilly Patchwork chair. The lines and shape are reminiscent of our favorite mid-century modern designs, but the upholstery is pure Partridge Family.
Urban Outfitters Water Lilly Patchwork Chair, $200
West Elm is like the Gap of home decor. You’ve got to pick through a lot of crap to find the good stuff and you’ll probably return half of what you buy. But, like our favorite clothing outlet, West Elm also has amazing markdown prices.
Now through July 15th, a huge selection of furniture and home accessories is up to 60% off. And many items have free shipping on westelm.com. Our pick is the hanging botanical mobile, just $14.99. Very Calder-on-a-budget.
Banish any thoughts you have of cheap particle board furniture that never quite works. The quality of Ikea goods has improved dramatically. We can testify, since our new pied-a-terre is head-to-toe Scandanavian-on-a-budget (ooh, that was a lot of dashes).
Starting June 22nd, you can save 20% to 60% throughout the store. If you’ve been to an Ikea lately, you know how big they are, so plan on staying for lunch. Check out the website now and start your shopping list!
Lee Madgwick’s The Incident at 20 East 1st Street
Got a wall that’s just screaming for something to hang from it? Don’t want something mass-produced by Bed, Bath & Beyond or Urban Outfitters? Check out the Affordable Art Fair this weekend in Manhattan.
AAF features paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints, all priced from $100 to $10,000. Check out their website for a preview of the artists being shown and support the arts while sprucing up your abode.
Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St @ Sixth Ave
$15 admission, $10 students and seniors
We were closeted DJs in high school and college, putting together mix tapes for every occasion until they were toppling off the shelves. When the iPod came around, the mix tapes went buh-bye. If only we’d waited a couple of years for the new Plus Deck Cassette Converter, a nifty device that reads cassette music tapes and converts them to MP3 files.
Plus Deck Cassette Converter, $130
Soiffer Haskin hosts the last two days of the Frette sample sale. Bed sets, duvets and more have been reduced up to 70% off retail. These Italian linens are amazing, but even at 70% off, you may not find a bargain.
317 W 33rd St @ Eighth Ave
Wednesday and Thursday, June 6th and 7th
9:00am to 5:00pm
Credit cards only. Strollers not allowed. No children under 12 will be admitted.
The star of Strangers With Candy and the author of the hostess manual I Like You turns 46 today. Her use of fashion and style to interpret characters is pure genius.
The home and furniture division of Polo Ralph Lauren (they’re a small company, you may not have heard of them) is having their sample sale, open to the public today. Word on the street is that there will be dining and kitchen goods, as well as antiques and furniture. If you see me there, stand back!
UPDATE: Holy crap, this is the mother-lode of home sales! Great, important furniture pieces at 75% off, cute plaid photo frames, vintage junk from the RRL stores, enough leather fabric to outfit the Black Party. New merchandise every day, so see you there tomorrow!
Ralph Lauren Home Division Sale
Wednesday, March 14th through Friday, March 16th
Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street @ Sixth Avenue
opens at 9am